X-Files Rewatch 2015: 1×01 Deep Throat

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Writer: Chris Carter
Director: Daniel Sackheim
Original broadcast: September 17th 1993
Australian broadcast: February 17th 1994

Mulder and Scully head to Ellens Air Force Base to investigate the mysterious case of a military test pilot who disappeared after experiencing strange psychotic behaviour. While on the case, Mulder meets a mysterious man dubbed ‘Deep Throat’, who claims to have classified information about his investigations into the paranormal.

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Deep Throat is a great follow up to the Pilot episode, while it covers the same theme, it continues to help immerse us in the mythology of the show and give us more of a sense who Mulder, and particularly Scully are. She is a little different from the first episode, more like the Scully we get to know and love for the next nine years. She’s curious about the case, still amused by Mulder’s theories but has a bit more rigidity about her. In this episode she does seem a little too concerned with how her field report is going to read. Oh Scully, you’d better get used to it girl, you’re going to be submitting lots of them about supposed UFO’s and bigfoot.

We meet Deep Throat (the character) for the first time in this ep. He is such a fantastic character throughout his time on the show. A fan favourite for sure. I love that we were always left wondering if he was telling the truth, or how far he was really manipulating Mulder and for whose benefit. Though he does seem less menacing than the shoadowy figure of the smoking man, he has quite the wry sense of humour.

While the overall plot of this episode is quite good – the military creating and testing aircraft with extraterrestrial components (something Mulder never actually proved anyway) – the Budahas family drama actually really bores me. I just can’t find it in me to care about them. Sorry Budahas family. However we do get lots of other interesting character dotted through the episode who each bring their own little something to the story.

We also get our first taste of Mulder!Torture from which a whole new category of fanfics were created. The fact that he gets his memory erased like the test pilots is actually quite disturbing. This military operation will do anything to protect its secrets.

Memorable Moments:

Opening Credits. Not technically a moment as such, but Deep Throat is the first episode we see the opening titles. They stay the same until season 8.

dt018ASCULLY: I don’t get it Mulder. Does this have something to do with an X-File? I thought you only liked those paranormal type cases. Am I missing something here?
MULDER: Let’s just say, this case has a, distinct smell to it, a certain, paranormal bouquet.

I love this first scene between Mulder and Scully here. Its not an overly important scene as such, but they’re so comfortable with each other now, its just the beginning of years of their great exchanges.

DEEP THROAT: I came here to give you some valuable advice. You are exposing yourself and Agent Scully to unnecessary risk, I advise you to drop the case.

dt041AIntroduction of Deep Throat in the mens room. Not to the last time Mulder will have a confrontation in the toilet. His advice leaves us wondering if Deep Throat is helping Mulder or simply protecting his own interests.

 

 

SCULLY: Well, it can’t be aircraft. Aircraft can’t manoeuvre like that.
MULDER: What else could they be?

Outside the military base Mulder calls Scully to show her lights that have been dancing in the sky for a half an hour. She responds in what we learn is typical Scully fashion. Certainly I understand she is a rational scientist, but well, Scully denial isn’t just a river in Egypt.

 

SCULLY: I want you to get on that walkie-talkie and find out where Mulder is.
PAUL MOSSINGER: I don’t think I can do that.
SCULLY: I think you can, or I’m gonna have every newspaper in America out here, writing about your experimental aircraft.

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When Scully figures out a loitering reporter is actually military personnel, she turns into kick-ass!Scully. She takes charge and demands he take her to Mulder. When he claims he can’t, she won’t take no for an answer. This is one of the things that made Scully such a fantastic female character. She was assertive and took charge. She never wilted in a corner waiting for a big strong man to help her.

MULDER: How did I get here?

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Mulder!Torture is born.

dt557AMULDER: They’re here, aren’t they?
DEEP THROAT: Mr. Mulder, they’ve been here for a long long time.

 

Autopsy count: 0
Scully gets ditched: 1
May or may not have been aliens/bigfoot sightings: Mulder: 1 (but gets his memory erased) | Scully: 1 (but they were really lasers)
Hey, isnt that?: Seth Green guest stars as Emil

Screencaps from: ChrisNu & X-Files Screen Grab Archive

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